calloway county

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Henry Wildy Harding Sr. was among the first settlers to Calloway County after Kentucky's first governor Isaac Shelby and Andrew Jackson negotiated the Jackson Purchase with the Chickasaw. Back then, this land was mostly untouched wilderness. Homes, barns and fences had to be built by felling trees. Harding settled on approximately 1,000 acres of what is now the northwestern part of Murray and Calloway County. Between two wives (his first died before moving to western Kentucky), he fathered 18 children, five of whom fought for the Confederate Army in the Civil War.

Later in his life, he oversaw the local school district, donating a portion of his land for one of the school houses and also founded First Baptist Church of Murray. David Reed of Gilbertsville is his great great grandson, semi-retired District Court Judge and co-author of a book The Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Wildy Harding Sr. with his cousin. They have a family reunion this weekend and Reed speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about Harding Sr.'s remarkable legacy.

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Residents of eastern Calloway County near Pottertown are under a boil water order due to a water main break off Highway 280. Those living between McDougal Road and Cedar Lane Hills subdivision are under the order for at least 24 hours. Water district officials are still working to fix the break.

Jenni Todd, WKMS

Calloway County Public Library has a new website for Spring 2015 and its filled with information about community events and activities. Sandy Linn stops by Sounds Good with a preview of some of those activities, including a series of programs featuring holocaust survivor Fred Gross and a literacy night on March 26 with education students.

The Murray-Calloway County Hospital board has approved a bid from Baptist Health to purchase two service lines at the hospital – its adult day care and home health nursing services.

The $1 million bid was approved by the board at a specially-called meeting last Friday.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Several economic development projects are in the works in Murray and Calloway County. From an automotive parts manufacturer, to buildings equipped for potential use to road projects, there are several goals for 2015. We get a scan from Mark Manning, Murray Calloway Economic Development Corporation's Executive Director, on Sounds Good.

Thanksgiving is around the corner and is a time to reflect on good fortune, friends and family. Some good fortunes can be taken for granted: a roof over your head, food in the refrigerator, a job that pays a fair wage. The Gentry House in Murray helps homeless families with children who may have suffered from domestic violence or lost jobs. It's a transitional shelter where people can stay for up to 90 days. During this time, they'll get help finding a job, pursuing educational routes and permanent housing.

On Sounds Good, we speak with Gentry House director Kim Mason, and the president of its board of directors, Dr. Robert Lyons of Murray State's College of Education and Health Services.

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A new Kentucky Youth Advocates study shows Calloway to be the 5th best county in the Commonwealth for Overall Child Well-Being, its second year in the top 5. 

See where other counties in our listening area ranked for child well-being. 

Missing Calloway Co. Teen Found Safe

Jul 8, 2014
Paducah Police Department

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m. July 7:

A missing girl from Calloway County has been found. 

"Gabrielle was located in Paducah and is safely back with her family," said Mike Gowen, Gabrielle's father. "We would like to thank the community for all the help locating her, especially the Calloway County Sheriff's Office, the Paducah Police Department and the Paris Police Department."

Storms Cause Damage Locally

May 15, 2014

The National Weather Service reported the storm system that passed through Western Kentucky Wednesday produced high winds  that blew walls and roofs off several buildings and downed powerlines. Most of the damage occurred in Christian County, northeast of Hopkinsville between 4 and 5pm.

Kentucky author  and Calloway County native Bobbie Smith Bryant holds a talk about the social and cultural experience of life on the farm at Calloway County Public Library. Her two books are Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking & Quilting in Western Kentucky and Forty Acres & A Red Belly Ford: The Smith Family of Calloway County. She previews her talk today on Sounds Good.